Still, the record quarter is impressive. Nintendo didn’t have a lot of big Switch releases last quarter, outside of The Legend of Zelda spinoff Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Yes there was Mario Kart Live: Home circuit and Pikmin 3 Deluxe, but these only sold 1.08 million and 1.94 million units respectively. Not exactly failures, but hardly any hard knocks either. Nintendo did read a handful of other titles, such as Super Mario Bros. 35, a battle royale for Switch Online subscribers, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, a remake of the classic tactical RPG NES. Otherwise, Nintendo relied on third-party titles such as Immortals Fenyx Rising, Control, John Wick Hex and No more heroes to complete its release schedule.
Nintendo, however, has a bunch of older software that continues to sell extraordinarily well. Mario Kart Deluxe now stands at 33.41 million in sales, for example. The relaxing Animal Crossing: New horizons, released less than a year ago, has sold 5.14 million units, bringing its own lifetime sales to 31.18 million units. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate takes third place with 22.85 million sales, followed by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (21.45 million) and Pokemon Sword and Shield (20.35 million). Completing the top 10 is Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let’s go, Pikachu! / Eevee!, Splatoon 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
The next quarter is expected to have a few major releases for Switch enthusiasts. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury, an updated version of the critically acclaimed 3D platformer, releases February 12. It will be followed by Persona 5 Strikers February 23 and Bravely Default II, a true successor to Square Enix’s RPG franchise (let’s just forget Bravely Second) on February 26. Later in the quarter, Capcom will release Monster Hunter Rise, a game that follows the incredible success Monster Hunter: World on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, in addition to dozens of other titles – many of which have been released for Nintendo consoles, including 3DS.